Interactive Spider-Man from Sphero cracks jokes, brings you on superhero missions

Sphero's new Spider-Man toy is like an overly chatty camp counselor

Channelling the best of the Batman Arkham games with a huge open world NY to web-sling around, Spider-Man promises one hell of a superhero adventure when it arrives sometime in 2018. Sphero Spidey is in stores now for $149.99 (USD).

The toy can be controlled using the iOS and Android companion app though users will mostly interact with the toy using voice commands.

It's worth noting that while Spider-Man's launch is timed to just a few weeks before the release of Spider-Man: Homecoming on July 7, he isn't supposed to represent the movie version of the character, and he's not voiced by Homecoming actor Tom Holland.

Spider-Man on the PlayStation 4 will be an open-world game with missions punctuated by quick-time events, all with the "momentum" and "fluidity" of games like Sunset Overdrive with the feel of the Batman Arkham games.

Emotive Eyes - Spidey's LCD eyes express his every thought and emotion. Sphero co-founder and chief software architect Adam Wilson told TechCrunch that Spider-Man is essentially a full Android device that uses third-party speech recognition.


The Interactive Spider-Man never had trouble hearing me, even when I spoke softly, and I never had difficulty hearing or understanding the sound coming out of the single speaker in his belly.

Spider-Man connects to a mobile app, and he's interactive, meaning you can expect to hear lots of jokes from him as you complete missions together. When not fighting bad guys, hang out and strike up some banter with your friendly neighborhood hero. He's also got super cool light-up eyeballs. The infrared sensor enables the toy to enter "guard mode" to warn users if someone enters their room.

We've come a long way when it comes to interactive toys. You must press the Spider-Man logo button to turn on the microphone, and the logo is always lit when the toy is listening.

If you saw Insomniac Games' Marvel's Spider-Man either in gameplay footage or in screenshots, you might have noticed that Spidey is rocking a different kind of suit.

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